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Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization

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Is the Internet a vast arena of unrestricted communication and freely exchanged information or a regulated, highly structured virtual bureaucracy? In Protocol Alexander Galloway argues that the founding principle of the Net is control, not freedom, and that the controlling power lies in the technical protocols that make network connections (and disconnections) possible. He does this by treating the computer as a textual medium that is based on a technological language, code. Code, he argues, can be subject to the same kind of cultural and literary analysis as any natural language; computer languages have their own syntax, grammar, communities, and cultures. Instead of relying on established theoretical approaches, Galloway finds a new way to write about digital media, drawing on his backgrounds in computer programming and critical theory. "Discipline-hopping is a necessity when it comes to complicated socio-technical topics like protocol," he writes in the preface.

Galloway begins by examining the types of protocols that exist, including TCP/IP, DNS, and HTML. He then looks at examples of resistance and subversion?hackers, viruses, cyberfeminism, Internet art?which he views as emblematic of the larger transformations now taking place within digital culture. Written for a nontechnical audience, Protocol serves as a necessary counterpoint to the wildly utopian visions of the Net that were so widespread in earlier days.

Review:

"Expressing some startling new lines of thought with refreshingly straightforward clarity, Galloway reminds all of us why thinking about networks and their protocols is so relevant to our time. From FTP to fluxus or Deleuze to DNS, these are the connections that need to be made between the models competing to be our reality." Douglas Rushkoff, author of Media Virus, Coercion, and Nothing Sacred

Review:

"A very valuable, very original, and very significant contribution to the field of media studies and cultural theory." Tilman Baumgärtel, media critic, author of net.art and net.art 2.0--New Material towards Net Art

Synopsis:

A critical analysis of the protocols that control the Internet and the resistance to them.

Synopsis:

Galloway begins by examining the types of protocols that exist, including TCP/IP, DNS, and HTML. He then looks at examples of resistance and subversion — hackers, viruses, cyberfeminism, Internet art — which he views as emblematic of the larger transformations now taking place within digital culture. Written for a nontechnical audience, Protocol serves as a necessary counterpoint to the wildly utopian visions of the Net that were so widespread in earlier days.

Synopsis:

Is the Internet a vast arena of unrestricted communication and freely exchanged information or a regulated, highly structured virtual bureaucracy? In

About the Author

Alexander R. Galloway is Assistant Professor of Media Ecology at New York University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262072472
Subtitle:
How Control Exists after Decentralization
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Author:
Galloway, Alexander R.
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Computer networks
Subject:
Electronic data processing
Subject:
Networking - Network Protocols
Subject:
Computer network protocols
Subject:
Security
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Leonardo Books
Series Volume:
Bd. 55
Publication Date:
20040401
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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Science and Mathematics » Popular Science » Computer Science

Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization
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Product details 286 pages MIT Press - English 9780262072472 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Expressing some startling new lines of thought with refreshingly straightforward clarity, Galloway reminds all of us why thinking about networks and their protocols is so relevant to our time. From FTP to fluxus or Deleuze to DNS, these are the connections that need to be made between the models competing to be our reality."
"Review" by , "A very valuable, very original, and very significant contribution to the field of media studies and cultural theory."
"Synopsis" by , A critical analysis of the protocols that control the Internet and the resistance to them.
"Synopsis" by , Galloway begins by examining the types of protocols that exist, including TCP/IP, DNS, and HTML. He then looks at examples of resistance and subversion — hackers, viruses, cyberfeminism, Internet art — which he views as emblematic of the larger transformations now taking place within digital culture. Written for a nontechnical audience, Protocol serves as a necessary counterpoint to the wildly utopian visions of the Net that were so widespread in earlier days.
"Synopsis" by , Is the Internet a vast arena of unrestricted communication and freely exchanged information or a regulated, highly structured virtual bureaucracy? In
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